Once the world’s fourth largest lake, the rapidly shrinking Aral Sea has fragmented into four bodies of water: the Northern Aral Sea, the eastern and western basins of the Southern Aral Sea, and Tsche-Bas Gulf. Of these, the eastern basin of the Southern Aral Sea and Tsche-Bas Gulf show the most dramatic change in 2011.

… Water levels in this image are lower than any previous year except 2009.

NASA Earth Observatory, 11 September 2011. See more changes in land, oceans, atmosphere, and Sun in NASA EO’s World of Change feature series. 


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